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Dr. Jennifer Gunberg Ross to Be Inducted into NLN Academy of Nursing Education

Dr. Jennifer Ross

An expert in the science of nursing education and simulation, Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing (FCN) Associate Professor Jennifer Gunberg Ross, PhD, RN, CNE will be inducted into the 2023 Class of Fellows in the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education. The induction ceremony will be held September 30 at the Honors Convocation during the NLN Education Summit in National Harbor, Md.

Acceptance into this academy reflects a fellow’s contributions to innovative teaching and learning strategies, nursing education research, faculty development activities, academic leadership and more.

“Dr. Ross is a scientist in the realm of nursing education and simulation. Her induction is a fitting recognition of her innovative program of research in this area, as well as her related contributions to our profession and to the future of nursing,” explains Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor.

Dr. Ross’ program of research has focused on the effect of evidence-based teaching strategies, particularly simulation, on student outcomes.  She was one of the first nursing simulation scientists to conduct translational research to explore the impact of simulation training on skill performance in the clinical setting through her dissertation study which explored the impact of simulation training on intramuscular injection competence in the clinical setting.  Dr. Ross has received competitive grant funding from Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the International Nursing Association for Simulation and Clinical Learning (INACSL), and the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) to support her research.  Dr. Ross’ research is widely disseminated through 39 publications in high-impact nursing education journals, including Nurse Education Today, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, Nursing Education Perspectives, Journal of Nursing Education, and Nurse Educator, as well as regional, national, and international presentations at premier simulation and nursing education conferences, such as the International Meeting of Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), INACSL Conference, and the NLN’s Nursing Education Research Conference (NERC)

One of Dr. Ross’ recent publications, The Use of Simulation for Clinical Nursing Faculty Orientation: A Multisite Study, was recognized as one of the 2021-2022 Society for Simulation in Healthcare Articles of Influence.  Her expertise in simulation science and pedagogical research has led to research collaborations with faculty across the country.  She was a nominee for the 2023 inaugural NLN Marilyn H. Oermann Award for Distinguished Research in Nursing Education. 

Dr. Ross began teaching full-time at FCN in 2014, after serving as adjunct faculty since 2006.  She teaches in the undergraduate program working primarily with first year, sophomore and junior students in the classroom and simulation lab in courses such as Introduction to Professional Nursing, Health Assessment, Essentials of Nursing Practice, and Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults

Dr. Ross has individually mentored numerous undergraduate, MSN and PhD students in nursing education research.  She was the recipient of the 2023 Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Nu Chapter Excellence in Nursing Education Award, and she has been a semi-finalist for the Villanova University Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching four times.

Dr. Ross earned her BSN, MSN and PhD from Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing.